I’ve always dreamt of having a pantry. A room full of shelves lined with colorful jars filled with all sorts of fruits, veggies, sauces, condiments and other concoctions. A room where things are aging, and fermenting, and changing, like some culinary laboratory. A room full of possibilities, a room that evokes a sense of comfort and a sense of reassurance, quietly letting you know that there will always be something to eat, drink, and enjoy; all made with your hands from product you grew!
So when we started looking for a homestead to buy, we knew it had to have a space for a pantry, and we have an ideal room. Its in the middle of the house, right off the kitchen, where it never gets to hot, too cold, or too sunny. We added shelves and a drying rack to the space this spring and have been working hard all spring, summer, and fall to fill those shelves with canned veggies and fruits, jams and salsas, hot sauces, tinctures, dried herbs and flowers, wine, mead, beer, kombucha, and a few more tasty and medicinal treats. We are very proud of everything me made and will be enjoying them all over the coming winter. It’s a little bittersweet to know that we will have to wait till next spring before we can get going again on canning and preserving, but by then the shelves should be pretty bare, and the cycle will start all over again.